Prashant Kishor, an Overhyped Strategist?

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When we talk about election strategists then the first name which comes to our mind is the name of Mr. Prashant Kishor, a person from Bihar who worked for United Nations for 8 years before becoming a famous political strategist.

As a strategist, he has a long success list, from Narendra Modi's 2012 assembly election to Modi's 2014 Lok Sabha election where he conceptualized Citizens for Accountable Governance, Jagan Reddy's election, Captain Amrinder's election, and Nitish Kumar's election. He failed in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections, where INC managed only 7 seats.

Currently, Mr. Kishor's consultancy Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) is working for Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal and managing Kejriwal's election in Delhi.

If we observe the election managed by him, it gives a clear picture that he undertakes a very safe assignment, he works for a party which is confident of coming to the power, just like upcoming Delhi elections where AAP is confident of coming back to power. It seems that he took Uttar Pradesh's assignment in a miscalculation that in UP INC will do better but his hope was shattered.

As it is known to all that how important his role was in JD-U and it can't be said that he was not aware of the plan of the JD-U to fight Delhi assembly polls, it raises a very valid question as to why his company I-PAC took the work of handling Kejriwal's election where JD-U is also fighting for two seats in coalition with the BJP. Is this not a conflict of interest?

It is not very simple to say that I-PAC is separate from Mr. Kishor as it is Mr. Kishor's role in I-PAC which is the USP of I-PAC, and if the role of I-PAC is so separate then why Mr. Kishor's name was not in the star campaigner list in Delhi elections. Technically one can say that I-PAC is different from Mr. Kishor but morally is it correct? He was contributing to Aam Aadmi Party's strategy and designed its campaign – ‘Achhe Beete Paanch Saal, Lage Raho Kejriwal.

Prashant Kishor was a national vice president of JD-U and not an independent political strategist anymore but his company I-PAC works independently for political parties and it seems that this thin line of a difference doesn't go very well with Nitish Kumar and so Prashant Kishor's name was out of the list of star campaigners in Delhi elections.

The way Mr. Kishor was criticizing CAA and also fighting with BJP leaders like Sushil Modi is very strange because JD-U is in a coalition with BJP and most probably they will contest the Bihar polls again in coalition only. He had become a threat to the coalition; it seemed that he is targeting his old issues with BJP under the name of advice and ideology.

It seems that either Mr. Kishor was doing it deliberately to give a message that he is superior to party's decision and he can win any election on his name only or he had started considering himself indispensable for Nitish Kumar.

Now that he is out of the party along with Mr. Pavan Varma, his accusations against CM Nitish Kumar seem very unprofessional. He should remember how much importance Nitish Kumar gave to him when he joined the JD-U.

He may join any other party now but he should remember that in a political party setup, one has to fall in line or fall by the wayside.


Ashutosh RabindraAshutosh Rabindra, Advocate. Studied at Delhi University (Kirori Mal College and Faculty of Law, Delhi University and Loyola High School, Patna)

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